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Painting by Lorenzo Gonzalez Ch.
Painters & Paintings from  the Highlands of Guatemala
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We start January of the new millenium with two exhibitions: the one in San Francisco being the most beautiful and important exhibition of Tz'utuhil painting ever mounted.  If you are in the San Francisco area and interested in Tz'utuhil art this is the exhibit not to miss. The one at the University of California at Santa Cruz, although small is beautiful and informative.
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What's New In three of the hundreds of communities that make up the vast Mayan population of present day Guatemala Indian artists produce oil paintings about Mayan life. Those communities are Cakchiquel-speaking San Juan Comalapa, and the Tz'utuhil-speaking towns of Santiago Atitlan and San Pedro la Laguna. At present this website deals only with the Tz'utuhil-speaking artists, and mainly with the artists from San Pedro la Laguna and its close neighbor San Juan la Laguna.

The most important sections of this website can be reached by the buttons to the above left. To find out what's new on our website click the button at left. A May trip to Guatemala has yeilded new paintings.

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Catalogue of Paintings Paintings
Victor Vasquez Temo  paintingThe Catalogue of Paintings is an archive of all the paintings on this website. The paintings are arranged by artist, and listed more or less chronologically by when the artist painted them. The Catalogue of Paintings includes paintings which are part of the Arte Maya Tz'utuhil Museum collection, paintings which are in private collections, and paintings which are for sale. To see the paintings for sale and their prices you need to visit the Mayan Painting Market, which is more completely described below. Paintings recently added to this website are showcased on the Exhibition of New Paintings pages.
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Maya Painting Market La Tienda/ The Store
Pedro Rafael Gonzalez Chavajay: paintingIf you are interested in viewing the paintings for sale, this is the place: the Marketplace. All the paintings shown in this section are available (conversely, paintings shown in other parts of this website may not be for sale). Two artists, Pedro Rafael Gonzalez Chavajay and Victor Vasquez Temó work exclusively with Arte Maya Tz'utuhil. Their paintings cannot be purchased elsewhere. If you want to see the paintings in person, find out about the current and upcoming exhibitions. There are Tz'utuhil Mayan art galleries (not directly associated with Arte Maya Tz'utuhil) of interest  if you if you visit Guatemala.
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Biographies & Customs Articles
The Biographies of some of the better known Tz'utuhil Mayan artists, tell how painting began in San Pedro and then spread to San Juan. Included in this section are two articles by Benjamin Paul an anthropologist emeritus from Stanford University, has been writing about the customs of San Pedro since he first visited there in 1940. One article called The Maya Bonesetter as Sacred Specialist is about the curanderos of San Pedro la Laguna who were famous throughout Guatemala; the other written with William Demarest is called The Operation of a Death Squad in San Pedro la Laguna. All the articles are illustrated by paintings by these artists.
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Mayan Textiles Mayan Textiles of Lake Atitlán
Huipil detailThe Mayan weaving typical of Guatemala is a vast subject, larger still if the Mayans in southern Mexico are included. We will limit ourselves to the textiles produced in the towns and villages surrounding Lake Atitlán the area where the Tz'utuhil Mayan artists live. By exploring thoroughly the weaving from this part of Guatemala an good idea of the richness and variety of all Mayan textiles should emerge. Margot Blum Shevill, the author of this section, has written numerous books and articles on the textiles of Guatemala. We are fortunate to have her working with us.
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Links Links
Two other sites on the WWW deal with Tz'utuhil Mayan artists. Sites which we find exceptional and relate in some manner to our goals may occassionally be included in our list of links. Many sites spend a lot of energy maintaining excellent lists of links on such related topics as: art, Guatemala, Mayans, or Native Americans. Rather than try to duplicate their contributions, we would rather spend our time finding good lists of links and point you in their direction.
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About Us About Arte Maya Tz'utuhil
This section includes a magazine interview with us which perhaps better explains who we are and how we got started than anything we have tried to write about the subject.  We also have a page which talks about a  project spearheaded by artist Pedro Rafael to get pencils for all the children in the school where he teaches. Arte Maya Tz'utuhil has helped actualize the vision of one Pedrano to establish a Spanish school for travelers in San Pedro la Laguna.
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To contact us write Arte Maya Tz'utuhil, P.O. Box 40391, San Francisco, CA 94140 or telephone (415) 282-7654, or E-mail: curator@artemaya.com.
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